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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 3, 2015

Penn Surgeon Makes Life-saving Donation to Ukrainian Children’s Hospital

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Scott Bartlett, a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Peter Randall Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Treatment and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, orchestrated a $12,000 donation to the Odessa Regional Children's Hospital in Ukraine. The grant enabled doctors to perform life-saving surgery on dozens of infants with congenital heart defects.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 31, 2015

Penn Abroad in Tanzania Is Educational, Enlightening and Thrilling

Waking up and seeing a two-ton elephant nearby sounds like it could be a scene from a movie, but that’s exactly what University of Pennsylvania student Hannah Watene experienced while studying abroad in Tanzania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 16, 2015

Penn Researchers Develop New Technique for Making Graphene Competitor, Molybdenum Disulphide

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Physics’ A.T. Charlie Johnson and Engineering’s Ritesh Agarwal, along with members of their labs, have a new way to "seed" the growth of a promising new 2-D material.

Graphene, a single-atom-thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness. But graphene is not the only two-dimensional material that could play such a role.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 21, 2015

Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 16, 2015

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Open Doors for Penn Students

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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the FLAS program offers undergraduate and graduate-level academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time and who want to study a modern African, Middle Eastern or South Asian language as part of their academic life.

Penn Preparing South Philly, China Projects

January 14, 2015

Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli comments on campus expansion and growth.


Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 14, 2015

A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

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Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 18, 2014

Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

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A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 10, 2014

Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

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Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.